Monthly Archives: July 2014

The First Church

I have this rather obscure little book, picked up at a flea market somewhere sometime, The Drama of the Lost Disciples, by George F. Jowett.  Jowett is remarked in the dust jacket as being “…from a prominent literary family.”  which … Continue reading

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Design and Workmanship

Before the “Maker Movement”, there was David Pye.  If you make things, or design things, and ever feel the need to communicate about making or designing, you should read these books. In 1964, David Pye published The Nature of Design, … Continue reading

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Book review: ‘The Old Straight Track’ by Alfred Watkins

Originally posted on The Hazel Tree:
Quite possibly my favourite book of all time… I’ve been meaning to review this for so long! When Alfred Watkins was riding around the Herefordshire hills in the early 1920s, he pulled up his…

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Piñata of Ideas

Ever have a really good idea, and when you float it out there, someone just can’t wait to knock the stuffing out of it.  Yeah!  Just think of it as a piñata, a little out of reach but interesting enough … Continue reading

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Learning Curves 11

Swamped Not exactly sitting pretty, I swamped and soaked myself.  Even worse, I lost my balance getting aboard, and slammed my foot so hard into the bottom that it split the hull.  This is the sort of thing that the … Continue reading

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Learning Curves 10

“…and there were also with them other little boats.” Mark 4:36 We spent the past four days day-tripping around the Ozarks, trying out the canoe, car-topping on our latest BMW, a 1987 325e.  Found a set of vintage Thule brackets … Continue reading

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Un-American, The New Patriotic

Un-American, The New Patriotic.

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